Former Congressman Mel Reynolds taken into federal custody

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CHICAGO -- Former Congressman Mel Reynolds has been taken into federal custody.

He's facing tax charges, and he appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing.

The judge had given him a week to find a place to live while free on bail on electronic monitoring, but he was unable to.

Last week, Reynolds was arrested at an Atlanta airport after returning from a trip to South Africa.

During that trip, Reynolds failed to return to the states by his court mandated deadline, so an arrest warrant was issued.

Reynolds says he was tending to his sick daughter but prosecutors say social media posts show a spry daughter able to exercise and travel.

Reynolds has also fired his attorney and is now representing himself.

Reynolds is scheduled to go on trial in June.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.